THE TRINITY CHURCH TREE

Next to the church of Trinity, at number 75 Broadway in New York, is the figure of the roots of a tree.

It perished before the fall of the famous twin towers and symbolizes the horror of the event. Its heartbreaking shapes, the blood red color with which it is painted and the fact of being exposed next to one of the most emblematic ecclesiastical buildings of the city give an idea of ​​the emotional intentionality with which it is placed there.

It is a strange mixture because it is in all the “downtown” and very close to Wallstreet, but nevertheless, in the cemetery that surrounds the church, landscaped and made up of a salpicón of ancient tombs, reigns an unexpected calm. After the fall of the towers, they were affected and fell other buildings of the surroundings, the church of Trinity, in spite of its longevity, remained intact, which was taken as a miracle by many New Yorkers. Miracle or not, there it goes and this tree further strengthens the character of the place.

Those sinuous and meandering roots, carriers of the memory, deserved attention.

NY. August 2007.

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LOOK

The good habit of looking both ways before crossing little by little will expand with looking up and down.

Something that we expected to happen in the year 2000. We were poor in 2000. But suddenly it happened and appeared the phenomenon “drone” that has not yet risen to its maximum expression … this time it seems that the thing is going more than seriously. Let’s fix 2020 as the year that we will begin to think about the 360 degrees that surround us and develop our spatial perception. Already the curves … will be the least.

In the meantime, do not get lost, looking left and right will still be a good idea.

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/516494535/look-print-black-and-white-photography Central Park, Nueva York. 2012.

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ANTHILLS

There is no doubt the majority likes to live where others are and where they can easily relate, or at least feel that they are surrounded by others.

We form communities and related groups, some would call it “the herd”. The fact is that like ants or termites, we form large communities and build immense buildings with the “cells” that everyone can afford to buy. The most expensive are usually those that are higher and whose views are more attractive although it is not as practical access and time to spend (elevator, etc …) or seen otherwise, more insecure in case of fire or any type of emergency since it would be the ones that would take the most time to evacuate.

I wonder if it will really be so necessary, civic and even healthy to be so close to each other, being a reality that the majority of the relationship between neighbors sticks to a hello and goodbye (and sometimes less), or is it simply the interest of the builders to get the maximum benefit from a piece of land. And is that we have always entered the rag in everything and what supposedly benefits everyone … finally only benefits a few.

Chicago. October 2010.

 

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CHANGE

I can not tell you if tomorrow will rain accurately, or how the world around us will look in 300 years, if we survive.

What I can do is show you the same photograph of the Chorro de Navafría (Segovia), taken in the same place, in the same station, in the same month with 25 years of difference. The first was not made by my ancestors, I did it. Do we wait another twenty-five years?

I would like to believe that we will be part of the cure to be able to stop feeling that we are the disease.

 

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LLOYD’S BUILDING

This is a building that doesn’t go unnoticed. It hosts the headquarters of Lloyd’s of London in the heart of the City of London, a well-known insurance company in a no less well-known area of London where an indigestible amount of financial transactions are “cooked” at a world level.

Its organic forms remind you of scenes in the style of Blade Runner and even, throwing a little more imagination, Alien. A delight for the architectural visual of daring lines and materials.

London. December 2014.

 

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